Cleveland instructs pitcher Mike Clevinger to quarantine away from team after he broke team protocol

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Another Cleveland Indians pitcher has to quarantine after breaking team protocol. Mike Clevinger will miss at least a few days after the team found out Clevinger broke quarantine while the team was in Chicago.

As a result, Clevinger will miss his scheduled start against the Chicago Cubs, according to Mandy Bell of MLB.com.

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The team’s full statement read:

“Today the organization learned that RHP Mike Clevinger violated team protocols on the club’s recent road trip to Chicago. He has been instructed to quarantine and will undergo subsequent testing while away from the team. RHP Adam Plutko will start in his place on Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs. The Cleveland Indians will continue to keep the health and safety of out players, coaches and staff members as our top priority.”

It’s unclear when Clevinger will be cleared to return.

Mike Clevinger is not the first Cleveland player who has to quarantine

The news makes Clevinger the second Cleveland pitcher to be instructed to quarantine over the past couple days. The team sent pitcher Zach Plesac back to Cleveland on Sunday after learning Plesac went out with his friends Saturday night. Plesac will spend 72 hours away from the team.

Clevinger and Plesac reportedly went out together the same night, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Clevinger defended Plesac during a team meeting Sunday, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

On Tuesday, Clevinger released a statement owning up to his actions:

“There is an implicit trust that each of my teammates share as we navigate a season during this pandemic, and I broke that trust. In Chicago, I made the mistake of violating the protocols but the biggest mistake of all was not immediately coming clean to my teammates. I owe them better. I now realize that by even exposing myself to just one person more than necessary, I am putting myself, my teammates, the guys I compete against, the umpires, the staff, the Indians organization as well as the Game that I love at risk. There is no excuse for my actions, and I can only take responsibility and learn from my mistakes. Moving forward, I promise my actions will reflect a full understanding of the protocols set in place while I continue my passion for competing for the incredible Indians’ fans and the City that I adore.”

Mike Clevinger winds up to throw during a game.
Mike Clevinger is the second Cleveland pitcher to quarantine after breaking team protocol. (Tony Dejak/AP)

Cleveland’s All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor also spoke on Tuesday, sharing a strong message about being selfless.

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